Yonge Street Linear Parks Master Plan


City of Toronto & Cresford Developments


Toronto, Ontario

Design Team

Janet Rosenberg & Studio (Landscape Architect)


Photography Credit: Renderings by JRS with the Flat Side of Design

Janet Rosenberg & Studio was pleased to have the unique opportunity to take the lead on this initiative to improve the Church and Wellesley community by strengthening the network of green spaces and important pedestrian corridors.

By undertaking this holistic Master Plan, we were able to establish a design tone for the linear park system that incorporated materiality, programming, and connections that will ensure a cohesive strategy and vision for the area.

The appropriate selection of materials, seating elements, and lighting will promote cohesion between the parks, while an all-encompassing look at the program will determine the uniqueness of each individual park. Three City park spaces link this linear park system:

  1. James Canning Park
  2. Norman Jewison Park
  3. George Hislop Park

As a linear system and pedestrian corridor, the streetscapes and treatment of the roads are critical to ensuring fluid connections, safety and accessibility.

Some of the key ingredients that define this Master Plan strategy include an improved and welcoming public realm that extends into the surrounding neighbourhood, providing opportunities for flexible year-round recreation and gathering, and designing for cultural, social and environmental sustainability.

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